Oct. 8 (ESAT) A number of Ethiopian Muslims residing in various parts of Ethiopia told ESAT that the recent government sponsored election of members of the Islamic Supreme Council at local and national levels lacked the backing of the majority of Muslims.
According to the interviewees, the government resorted to intimidation and forced Muslims to get out and elect t spiritual leaders handpicked by the government despite wide spread resentment and spate of protests in many parts of Ethiopia. A female Muslim, a resident of Jima who wanted to remain anonymous for security reasons, said that the majority of Muslims who even got out to elect were forced and pressurized to do so without their free will.
Mohammed Ahmed, a resident of Asela, told ESAT that despite the campaigns of local cadres to force people to go out to the pooling stations using intimidation the effort proved to be fruitless.
He also pointed out that attempts to create and rift and conflict among Christians and Muslims have fallen flat. The aim of the government is nothing but to impose the Al Ahbesh Muslim denomination, Ahmed said.
Last Friday, Ethiopians Muslim warned the government in a huge protest rally that they held in Addis Ababa and other cities by showing yellow cards.